Roots in Pipes
Roots in Your Pipes?
While trees add shade and texture to your landscape, they can wreak havoc on your home if their roots invade your home’s main sewer line . A blockage in your main line could result in raw sewage backing up into your drains, possibly leading to significant damage and the need for line repairs or replacement.
Why Do Roots Penetrate your Pipes?
Here are some of the most common reasons your main or sewer line can break:
If your home was built before 1980, your pipes are likely lead-based or are connected with lead solder. And if your home was built before 1960, it likely has galvanized steel pipes, which have a lifespan of about 50 years. As the pipes deteriorate, roots find their way inside.
Cracks or Loose Joints In Pipes
Roots are attracted to the water that escapes through cracks and loose joints in pipes. Once inside, they feed off the water and grow inside the pipe.
Do I Need a Plumber?
If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.